Word of the day: retentivity
Definition: n. the power of retaining liquid: “moisture retentivity of
Synonyms: retentiveness, retention
Etymology: ME f. OF retention or L retentio (as RETAIN) (more…)
from Wordnet: retentivity
n : the power of retaining liquid: “moisture retentivity of soil” [syn: retentiveness, retention]
Quote of the day: A great artist is always before his time or behind it. by George Edward Moore
Birthday of the day: Niwa Nagashige; Niwa Nagashige (丹羽長重, May 11, 1571 – April 1, 1637) was a Japanese daimyo who served the Oda clan. Nagashige was the eldest son of Niwa Nagahide and married an adopted daughter of Oda Nobunaga. He took part in his first campaign in 1583, assisting his father in the battles against Shibata Katsuie. In the Battle of Nagakute, at the age of thirteen, Nagashige led a troop of Niwa clan in the place of his father, who was ill.
Joke of the day: The man charged into the jewelry shop, slammed his fists angrily on the showcase, removed a wristwatch from his pocket and shook it under the nose of the owner. ?You said this watch would last me a lifetime,? he yelled. ?Yeah,? admitted the owner. ?But you looked pretty sick the day you bought it.?
Thought of the day: The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
Fact of the day: 330 – Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.
Biography of the day: Dolley Madison; Dolley Madison (20 May 1768-12 July 1849), first lady, was born near Guilford, North Carolina, the daughter of John Payne, an unsuccessful merchant and planter, and Mary Coles. When Dolley was one year old the Paynes left North Carolina and moved back to rural eastern Virginia, settling with the Coles family. There she grew up in comfort; throughout her life she defined herself as a Virginian. Her family were Quakers, and in 1783 her father manumitted his slaves and moved his wife and eight children to Philadelphia. There he opened a starch business, which failed in 1789. His wife then supported the family by converting her home into a boardinghouse. Dolley Payne came of age during difficult years; she saw her father slide into debt, expelled from his Quaker congregation, and die a broken man, leaving her mother and her sisters in severely reduced circumstances.
Article of the day: California State Route 57; California State Route 57 (SR 57), also known as the Orange Freeway for most of its length, is a north–south state highway in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It connects the interchange of Interstate 5 (I-5) and SR 22 near downtown Orange, locally known as the Orange Crush, to the Glendora Curve interchange with I-210 and SR 210 in Glendora. The highway provides a route across several spurs of the Peninsular Ranges, linking the Los Angeles Basin with the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Valley. An oiled-dirt predecessor to this road ran through Brea Canyon by the late 1910s; it was paved in concrete in 1923 and added to the state highway system in 1931. The freeway, including the Brea Canyon Freeway segment, was built in stages during the 1950s, becoming SR 57 in the 1964 state highway renumbering. The final portion of the present-day Orange Freeway was not completed until the mid 1970s. The last piece of SR 57 to be added was formerly part of I-210, after SR 210 was extended to San Bernardino in 1998. An unconstructed extension of SR 57 from Santa Ana south to Huntington Beach has been studied as a proposed toll road above the Santa Ana River.
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